I-2-0-10.Initial Actions on Receipt of Case

Last Update: 3/9/16 (Transmittal I-2-166)

After a hearing office (HO) receives a case and establishes a record in the Case Processing and Management System (see Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law (HALLEX) manual I-2-0-1), designated HO staff will:

  • Ensure the request for hearing (RH) is associated with the record;

  • Evaluate whether the case is within the HO's jurisdiction (see HALLEX I-2-0-70);

  • Determine if the RH is a valid request and was timely filed (see HALLEX I-2-0-40);

  • Evaluate whether one of the special situations for expedited processing apply (see HALLEX I-2-1-55 D);

  • Acknowledge receipt of the RH (see HALLEX I-2-0-20); and

  • When applicable, request a paper claim(s) file if it was not received with the RH (see HALLEX I-2-1-10).

For detailed processing procedures, see the Standard Hearings Operations Procedure section 1.4 (1.4A for National Hearing Centers).